Reiss Nelson was left out of Hoffenheim’s squad this weekend, and the reasoning was nothing to do with form or fitness.
The club’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was quizzed on the absence of the Arsenal owned player and is quoted by Welt and others explaining Nelson was out due to an ‘educational measure’.
Germany’s sport media as a whole has taken that to mean ‘disciplinary reasons’ but there’s no further explanation on what may have gone wrong and what the Arsenal youngster has done or not done.
Nagelsmann didn’t elaborate on when the 19 year old would be available for selection again, so there’s some confusion on where things stand right now.
Nelson is on loan at the German club for the season and has been doing pretty well, especially when his age is taken into account.
He’s made 17 Bundesliga appearances so far, mainly as a substitute, and has scored six goals in the process.
Any disciplinary issues would of course be a concern for Arsenal, but it’s all part of growing up as a footballer.